Today in class I decided to create a fun 'inquiry' based maths activity for my year 8 class (I teach at a boys school). I brought all the materials and was super prepared. Unfortunately this class is so tough (I have posted about them before). They wouldn't quieten down to hear the instructions of what they were meant to do. It was a disaster. Some students were walking around lost. Some students were being hostile and rude to me "Ms won't teach use" "why do have the crappiest teacher in the world." I felt like crying. I know we are not meant to take their comments and disrespect personally as they are kids and they are often nasty and rude at this age but it really affects me. Anyway how should I teach if students are just not willing to listen, get off phones/ laptops etc.